housecarl

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noun house·carl \ˈhau̇s-ˌkär(-ə)l\

Definition of housecarl

  1. :  a member of the bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble

Origin and Etymology of housecarl

Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl, from hūs house + karl man; akin to Old English ceorl churl


First Known Use: before 12th century


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